This might get emotional here, so hold on to your hats and grab some tissues.
I just wanna say thanks.
In March 2020 the world went into lockdown, and we all dealt with it one way or another. Now, at least where I am, lockdown 2.0 is looming. Christmas is coming and seeing my family is a question mark. I’m not able to see my friends. Yet in a bizarre twist I’m feeling so connected to everyone. This pandemic has forced us all to stay home, but instead of moping and watching Simpsons re-runs, together we’ve turned Friday nights into a fun weekly event.
Not that there is anything wrong with Simpsons re-runs!
This first started with just me, talking into a camera and hoping people were watching. They were. And they wanted to play along. Then Uncle Meat came up with the “Nigel Tufnel Top Ten” countdown theme and it was a huge success. And here we are now! I had to invest a little money into this, to take it up to the level I wanted. I bought a new camera, two new microphones, lights, cables (lots of trial and error here), a streaming subscription…several hundred dollars later I’m where I want to be and I wouldn’t have done it without so many awesome humans.
Thank you Eric, my friend of 20-plus years, but soulmate for 40. I love you, you big stinky Meaty Uncle.
Thank you Derek, also know as “Superdekes”. It’s hard to believe we never spoke to each other except by keyboard until this pandemic began. You have become a friend, a collaborator, a creative genius (“Paper Plate T-Bone”) and the facilitator for bringing on some great guests.
Thank you Aaron for being a reliable regular, not to mention 24 years of friendship. Now we can speak regularly about the music we love!
Thank you Kevin for getting me on Streamyard, and for being a reliable co-host for many weeks now! Sorry I’ve been mangling your last name for years now, though you didn’t know it until recently!
Thank you Geoff and Sarah for your recent contributions. I’ll be seeing you both again soon — that’s a promise/threat!
Thanks to Rob Daniels for 35 years of friendship, amazing co-hosting duties, and for bringing your own shows to us every Wednesday and Saturday! You are weathering the storm like a superhero Rob. And of course thanks to Gimli who I suspect could actually be the real star of your show….
Thank you John Snow for helping me out multiple times as co-host, and for very cool backdrops every time!
Thank you Harrison for watching on the opposite side of the world, since the very beginning. We’ll be having you on again real soon for another great list show. No spoilers!
Thank you Holen, wherever and whoever you are! Thank you Saige for the amazing LeBrain Train graphics. Thank you to Tyler(s), plural. Thank you to my family especially my mom for watching week after week even if you do not care about AC/DC or Van Halen. Thanks to Chris, Scott, Len, Seb, Michael LeFevre, Lana, Rosana, and Никола́й Черныше́вский for watching regularly. Huge appreciation to the guys from Storm Force, Steph Honde, and Frank Loffredo for coming on and supporting the show. Taking the time to come on and talk to us means everything to me.
Frank mentioned that he loved the “DIY” method of what we do. That’s it exactly. He gets it. This is a bunch of stir-crazy friends getting together every Friday night to hang out, geek out, drink coffee (some of us anyway) and talk music together. On a personal level, it’s me trying to stay connected, but also trying to give back to the community. I’m not making money on this, it’s happening out of love. And necessity. We need to take care of each other. As a classic introvert, this pandemic has brought out hidden talents. Not just in me; in all of us. One of us (not naming names) got kind of sour on the idea of doing interviews a couple years ago. He had a bad experience. But this Friday night show has allowed us to have some really great interview experiences together and I’m glad to have been a part of that. DIY is right. We have been figuring it out as we go and it keeps getting better week after week.
The worst thing about making thank-you lists is forgetting someone. I hope I didn’t. I appreciate every single person who has watched, contributed, left a comment, and or just hung out and watched. I think we’re just getting started. Just like this pandemic keeps going and growing and evolving…so will we.
Friendship live stream 08/28/2020